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The Writers Bureau 21st Birthday celebration!

December 4th, 2009

Next year it will be 21 years since the Writers Bureau was launched (no comment here about how old that makes me feel!) and we’ll be holding all kinds of exciting competitions and events to celebrate.

We’ll keep you posted on our website but when anything specific is imminent I’ll let you know so that you can join in.

Anyone who’s seriously considering a career as a writer should join the Society of Authors.  You do already need to have some success under your belt, although self-publishers are eligible.  But the good thing is that as soon as you are offered a contract you can join and the Society will then vet the contract for you and highlight any potential pitfalls.

The site has lots of useful information and has just introduced a new ‘rates and guidelines’ page giving some idea of what writers can realistically expect to earn.

Do you ever throw books away?  If you’re like me, you don’t – it’s a sin!  So, you end up sending them to charity shops or forcing them on friends.  So why not try BookCrossing.  It’s the practice of leaving a book you’ve read for someone else to find by following your online directions.  Apparently, over 800,000 people around the world are now doing it – so it could also give you the chance to make some new reading buddies.

And finally, if you‘re a Writers Bureau student, don’t forget our Writer of the Year Award with its £250 prize.  The closing date is 31st December, so you’d better get your skates on.

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